Work by talented young artists from Africa’s largest urban slum went on display at a Cheltenham gallery in an art show supporting the Uweza Foundation, which helps to develop the talents of young people in Kibera.
The UK premiere of the Fikiria exhibition took place at the Parabola Arts Centre and featured a range of work from artists aged between 13 and 26 who live in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and largest city.
“Fikiria” means “imagination” in Swahili, the native language of most people who live in Kibera, which is home to an estimated 800,000 people, more than half of whom are under 18.
The event was sponsored by accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson, along with Steppes Travel, Willans Solicitors and Roots & Wings Organics.
Louise Somerset, partner in private client tax services at Smith & Williamson and head of the firm’s Cheltenham office, said: “Children in Kibera face major challenges including lack of access to education, unemployment, prostitution, crime and lack of access to quality healthcare, so we were delighted to be able to support the Fikiria Exhibition.
“As a firm, we strive to play an active role in the cultural life of the region and this will continue with our co-sponsorship of next month’s ‘Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing’ exhibition in Bristol.”
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